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Mr. Potato Head Goes Gender Neutral

Mr. Potato Head is no longer a mister.

Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on boxes this year.

Toy makers have been updating their classic brands to appeal to kids today. Barbie has shed its blonde image and now comes in multiple skin tones and body shapes. Thomas the Tank Engine added more girl characters. And American Girl is now selling a boy doll.

Hasbro said Mr. Potato Head, which has been around for about 70 years, needed a modern makeover.

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American Girl Unveils Its 2021 Girl of The Year, Kira Bailey

American Girl has unveiled its 2021 Girl of the Year, Kira Bailey. Kira—a nurturing and inquisitive 10-year-old who cares deeply for animals and the environment—joins American Girl’s line of contemporary characters that inspires children to make a positive difference in the world. Whether she’s caring for an orphaned koala joey or facing a bushfire that’s threatening her great-aunts’ wildlife sanctuary in Australia, Kira confronts critical ecological issues, such as wildlife protection and the threat of climate change, that are more relevant to our planet than ever.

To further support Kira’s message, American Girl is partnering with NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, Inc. (WIRES), Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for sick, injured, and orphaned animals, including those impacted by bushfires and drought. Today through December 30, 2021, American Girl is supporting the organization’s mission to rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife by matching customer donations dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $25,000. To learn more about how American Girl is helping WIRES, visit http://www.americangirl.com/kira.

To create Kira, American Girl worked hand in hand with author Erin Teagan, who holds a master’s degree in science and traveled to Australia to gain a deeper understanding of Kira’s experiences. Other consultants specializing in Australian wildlife and culture reviewed all aspects of Kira’s world—from manuscripts to products—to help ensure every detail was rooted in real practices and science, with the following two experts playing an integral role:

Dr. Alison Bee — Veterinarian, owner and manager of Magnetic Island Animal Hospital, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility for sick, injured, and orphaned koalas in North Queensland, Australia.

Tassin Barnard — Owner and manager of the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a wildlife preserve on the central coast of New South Wales.​

In the two-book series, Kira is excited to leave her home state of Michigan and spend her summer abroad at her great-aunts’ Mamie and Lynette’s wildlife sanctuary and vet clinic in Queensland, Australia. There she learns to care for injured or orphaned animals with her new friend Alexis. But when a roving predator and a raging bushfire threaten the sanctuary, Kira must rise to the challenge to protect her family and the animals she loves. In the end, Kira learns you can’t let the fear of the worst keep you from living your best. 

Bringing the stories to life is a beautiful 18-inch Kira doll, featuring green eyes and long, wavy blonde hair, that comes dressed in a tie-dye tank, sporty skirt, and lace-up boots perfect for bushwalking.

Kira’s signature accessories include an outdoor backpack with koala keychain and a wide-brimmed hat to protect her from the Australian sun.

Girls can choose from several other Australian-inspired outfits, including Kira’s girl-and-doll koala PJs, as well as adorable plush animals like a kangaroo and joey, koala, and a wombat (part of Kira’s Wildlife Rescue Set). To extend the play further, there’s Kira’s Animal Exam Table and Comfy Platform Tent—both with over 20 authentic accessories—to fuel girls’ imaginations.

The Kira collection is available at americangirl.com and at all American Girl retail locations nationwide. The Kira doll and book retails for $110 and the Kira books ($7.99 each) can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers. 

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Star Wars The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber

Check out the sleek Star Wars The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber! 

In Star Wars lore, the Mandalorian Darksaber is an ancient Lightsaber that serves as a powerful symbol of leadership to the Mandalorians — a unique weapon with a black-energy blade lined with a crackling white edge. 

Features:

– Includes: Lightsaber, barrel plug, hex key tool, stand, rechargeable Li-ion battery, USB charging cord, and instructions.

– Combining advanced LEDs and entertainment-inspired Lightsaber sound effects, the Force FX Elite Lightsaber is the most realistic Force FX Lightsaber yet

– Features authentic Lightsaber sound effects inspired by The Mandalorian series, including power-up, power down, and motion sensor-controlled idle hum and battle clash effects

– Features progressive ignition, battle clash effect, molten tip effect, light-up hilt, and the first-ever Star Wars Force FX Elite Lightsaber white LED blade edge

– The durable light-up metal hilt features design and deco based on the Darksaber seen in the live-action series The Mandalorian on Disney Plus

– Proudly display this Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Elite Lightsaber in any Star Wars collection with the included stand, with or without the removable blade

Pre-order starts at 4:00pm ET on Hasbro Pulse. The cost is $249.99.

Check it out HERE.

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Nerf LMTD Star Wars The Mandalorian Amban Phase-Pulse Blaster

The Mandalorian is battle-worn and tight-lipped, a formidable bounty hunter in an increasingly dangerous galaxy. Imagine tracking down bounties and battling opponents with this NERF LMTD Star Wars Amban Phase-pulse Blaster.

– This dart-firing blaster is meticulously detailed, capturing the look of the Amban Phase-pulse blaster seen in The Mandalorian live-action TV series on Disney Plus

– The blaster measures 50.25 inches long (1.27 meters) and comes fully assembled in premium packaging, perfect for display

– Features series-accurate blaster sounds and an electronic scope with an illuminated lens (Requires 2x 1.5v AAA alkaline batteries, not included)

– This series-accurate, breech-load blaster has a handle you pull back to prime the blaster and includes 10 Official Nerf Elite foam darts

  

Pre-order HERE for $120 by 12/31/2020. Item estimated to ship 10/1/2021.

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Lucasfilm To Celebrate 50th Anniversary In 2021

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm. The celebration will kick off with commemorative, fan-favorite 50th anniversary Star Wars products. The launch starts in January and will continue throughout the year with special edition product releases.

“Consumer products have always been an integral part of the Star Wars fan experience, and they remain a constant force in pop-culture today,” says Paul Southern, Lucasfilm senior vice president, Licensing and Franchise. “To commemorate Lucasfilm’s 50 years of storytelling, we look forward to honoring this consumer products legacy and bringing to life brand-new products, games, and publishing offerings that celebrate our future with Lucasfilm’s exciting feature films and Disney+ series ahead.”

Lucasfilm was founded in 1971 by George Lucas. Films such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones took the world by storm and revolutionized visual effects, sound design, animation, and other groundbreaking filmmaking techniques. The artists and technicians of Lucasfilm have never stopped innovating and continue to influence the film industry today. The Mandalorian is currently one of top series on Disney+. Across the Company, Lucasfilm has won 29 Emmy Awards, 38 Academy Awards, 32 Sci-Tech Awards, 18 Webby Awards, and 12 awards for ILMxLAB’s groundbreaking work in immersive entertainment. Lucasfilm Publishing has had over 180 books on the New York Times Bestseller List and has won a multitude of awards, including the 2020 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comic Book. Lucasfilm Games has delighted fans across multiple platforms and genres with games that push the boundaries of interactive entertainment, winning numerous awards including BAFTA Game Awards, D.I.C.E. Awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and Game Developers Choice Awards.

The Company’s impact on filmmaking, entertainment, experiences, and global culture is unmistakable.

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MAFEX Armored Batman Figure From The Dark Knight Returns

Medicom Toy continues their journey into Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” with a new MAFEX action figure release – Armored Batman! 

Bruce Wayne’s typical Batsuit has been replaced with armor parts, while the mask and cape remain to keep his iconic silhouette. The 6.3″ tall figure includes three heads, interchangeable hands, and a cloth cape.! 

A poseable figure stand is also included. Be sure to add him to your collection!

Order HERE for $83.

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Must-Have Children’s Toys That Are Worth Your Money This Christmas

Christmas looks set to be a little different this year. As the pandemic continues to weave its course, it’s increasingly likely that our festivities will be limited by some form of social distancing. Yet despite the challenges of 2020, there are still plenty of ways to keep the magic alive for little ones.  

Writing wish lists for Santa Claus is one tradition that will be safe to continue. Toy sales have fallen in recent Christmas periods, but each year still brings a raft of new models and gadgets that sell out weeks before the big day. 

Many parents will be keener than ever to find great-value gifts while managing funds carefully. Thankfully, MadeForMums has tested and reviewed hundreds of this year’s hottest toys to offer gift recommendations you can rely on.  

Gotta Go Flamingo

As you may guess from the name, this interactive flamingo toy comes with a special toilet that it uses when nature calls. Kids can feed him reusable flamingo food until he sings ‘Uh oh, gotta go!’.  This might grate on you when you hear it for the tenth time in an hour – but it’ll make little ones laugh every time!

Little Tikes First Washer-Dryer

Is it time your child started helping out around the house? This mini washing machine and tumble dryer contraption offers fun ways to prepare them for adult life.  It comes with spinning dials, a rotating drum, a detergent drawer and bottle, laundry baskets and convincing sound effects.  

Lamaze 3 in 1 Airtivity Center

The emphasis is on ‘Airtivity’ with this great toy. It features an entrancing air-powered sea scene with floating seaweed, fish, and a whale complete with a spinning spout.  Handily, you can set the center at floor level or table height, making it ideal for those still finding their stability.  

Smoby Chef Corner Restaurant

Is your child becoming interested in what you do around the kitchen? This mini kitchen and café offers lots to see and do, with a fridge, oven, coffee machine, hotplate, sink, ingredients and more. The tap squirts real water too! It’s a bulky choice for any playroom, but if you have the space this toy will keep any budding chef entertained.  

Lego Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course 

Super Mario and Lego are two classic creations for kids – so why not combine the two? This set comes with a speaker that plays authentic video game sounds as you send a mini Mario around a freshly built course to earn coins.  The instructions come on a free app, and the variety of course combinations creates lots of different play opportunities. 

Could any of these toys put a smile on your little one’s face come December 25th?

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Accelerate Into The Adrenaline-Fuelled World of Endurance Racing With The Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF CORSE #51”

Today, the LEGO Group reveal the latest model to line up on the grid, the LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF CORSE #51”. Having delivered prestigious wins for the Prancing Horse in the world’s toughest endurance races, the racetrack icon is replicated in minute detail to encapsulate the same unmistakeable Italian spirit as its real-life counterpart.

This racing car model is packed with authentic features and beautiful design elements making it a true expression of Ferrari’s endurance racer. The fierce looking model features front and rear suspension, aerodynamic curves, a V8 engine with moving pistons and a steering wheel emblazoned with the Prancing Horse badge to help the model truly come alive. Original race number, sponsor stickers and the authentic Tricolore paintjob add the perfect finish to this epic model. 

  

Designed to help LEGO fans and those who love motor racing experience the thrills of life in the fast lane, this 48cm (19 in) long racing model is crafted from 1,677 LEGO Technic elements making it a rewarding and absorbing build for older builders aged 18+ who love endurance racing, motorsport and Ferrari cars. Once complete, builders can take it out for a spin or proudly display it for spectators.

The LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” will be available from January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO stores and other retailers globally, priced at $169.99.

The LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” is the first LEGO Technic model to be designed with Ferrari and continues the more than 15 year-long partnership between the two brands.  

Features:

– Immerse yourself in the exciting world of endurance racing, creating your own displayable LEGO® Technic™ model version of the iconic Ferrari 488 GTE racing car.

– Authentic features include front and back suspension, opening doors, a V8 engine with moving pistons and functioning steering wheel.

– With original race stickers and a faithful color scheme, the LEGO Technic Ferrari 488 GTE “AF Corse #51” (42125) will take pride of place in the home or office of any motorsport fan.

– Model measures over 5 in. (13 cm) high, 19 in. (48 cm) long and 8.5 in. (21 cm) wide.

– Easily explore all the details packed inside, thanks to the opening doors and hood.

– This set comes with a special building instruction book featuring exclusive content, including details about the car and the AF Corse 51 team.

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Making Fun DVD/Blu-ray And Pop! Brian Mariotti Bundle

Available today at 11 AM (PST) at the Funko online shop is the Making Fun DVD/Blue-ray and Pop! Brian Mariotti Bundle.

Making Fun is the 2018 documentary about the history of the toy company, how it grew its customer base, and its influence on pop culture collectibles. Brian Mariotti is the Funko CEO.

The cost is $30 and it can be ordered HERE.

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Mickey And Minnie’s Runaway Railway Inspires New Line of Happy Meal Toys At McDonald’s

The magic of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has rolled into McDonald’s! Just in time for their birthday celebration, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have inspired a brand-new line of Happy Meal toys at McDonald’s, bringing Mouse Rules to the iconic Golden Arches. 

This new collection features Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald and Daisy experiencing some of the iconic attractions from across Walt Disney World Resort. Anchored by Engineer Goofy and Mickey and Minnie celebrating Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, these toys connect together to form a 10-car train. Each one also has a unique function to make the character move as it rolls, so as the attraction’s soundtrack says, nothing can stop us now from having fun!  

Now through Dec. 14, while supplies last, when you purchase a Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s locations, you can enter for a chance to win a vacation for four to Walt Disney World Resort and experience the attraction that inspired it all: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Families can also enjoy fun and engaging games at home as part of this Happy Meal program through the McDonald’s Happy Meal App. 

As part of the November limited edition Disney-themed toys, McDonald’s is giving out game tickets with a code that parents can enter to win a vacation for four to Walt Disney World Resort that can be taken through Dec. 15, 2022. There are game tickets with a code in every Happy Meal.

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